NFB Education x Connected North – North Star Workshops
NFB Education is proud to announce a partnership with Connected North to bring students a series of workshops on the new documentary series North Star!
The North Star workshops will connect students with director Patrick Bossé and the subject of the series, Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, a young, Quebec-born Innu astrophysicist, as well as Julie Bolduc-Duval, Executive Director of Discover the Universe.
Students will get to learn more about their work, career paths and the film series itself, and be able to ask their questions in real time through live videoconferencing technology.
The workshops begin January 31, 2024.
Connected North: Thinking Beyond the Classroom
Connected North provides live, interactive virtual learning experiences and access to educational resources for students and teachers in remote communities, supporting them where they live. Through the program, Indigenous students from kindergarten to Grade 12 are offered unique opportunities to thrive.
Connected North builds trust with students, educators and communities by demonstrating respect, humility and transparency in all that it does. It empowers students by connecting them with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous role models to inspire hope and future pathways. Connected North understands that students’ experiences within the classroom cannot be disconnected from their realities outside of the classroom, including historical and social contexts.
The documentary series North Star follows the inspiring journey of Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, a resident astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. As principal investigator for the facility’s SIGNALS project, she heads a team of some 60 researchers. Together, they’re attempting to unravel the mysteries of star formation and better understand the role that stars play in the Universe.
Directed by Patrick Bossé, the series chronicles the remarkable daily life of this Quebec-born Innu scientist. From the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, Laurie scans the skies using state-of-the-art instruments.
In five short episodes that combine human interest and science, we meet a determined young woman who excels in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field. A first-rate science communicator, Laurie conveys her passion for celestial objects and the importance of understanding where we come from to gain a better grasp of where we’re headed.
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